Left ventricular function after myocardial infarction.

  title={Left ventricular function after myocardial infarction.},
  author={Martin J. Cohn},
  journal={Journal of cardiovascular pharmacology},
  volume={14 Suppl 9},
After acute myocardial infarction, left ventricular filling pressure is elevated because of systolic and/or diastolic dysfunction. The severity of the left ventricular dysfunction is influenced not only by infarct size and location but also by biochemical, neurohormonal, and peripheral vascular responses to infarction. Short-term vasodilator therapy improves left ventricular dysfunction and may influence favorably long-term prognosis in the presence of severe systolic dysfunction but not with… CONTINUE READING